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Dementia event

An Alzheimer's education conference, Moving Through the Mist: A Clearer Pathway to Understanding Dementia, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Business and Education Building, Conference Center 122, at the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway.

Program topics include understanding the symptoms and behaviors of dementia, improving interaction skills and finding moments of joy in care-giving.

The cost is $20. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The proceeds go to benefit the 2008 Alzheimer's Association Aiken Memory Walk, set for Saturday, Oct. 18, at the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road.

For more information, contact Christina Reed at Eden Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care, (803) 642-8444.

Fountain of words

The City of Aiken Arts Commission will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Aiken Municipal Building, City Council chambers, 214 Park Ave. S.W.

The purpose of the meeting is to get public input on the renovation of the fountain on Newberry Street in downtown Aiken.

For more information, call (803) 642-7631.

Thinking pink

In connection with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Augusta Chronicle and University Hospital will present a Think Pink Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Augusta.

The keynote speaker is Amy Breitmann, the director of development for The Lydia Project, a local cancer support group she helped found. A silent auction at 11 a.m. will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

Tickets are $25. For reservations call (706) 823-3476.

Training classes

The Aiken Guardian ad Litem Program will offer a training class for volunteers from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Oct. 13 through Nov. 13, at the Guardian ad Litem Office, 5170 Woodside Executive Court, Aiken.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can contact Gary Watson or Christy Pritchard at (803) 648-9919 or galaiken@oepp.sc.gov. For more information, visit www.aiken.scgal.org.

Wine with art

A Taste of Wine and Art will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St.

The fundraiser, which will benefit the center's general operations, will showcase the culinary talents of area chefs along with an array of wines from different producers. A silent auction featuring original art and other items will be held.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in advance at the center or at the door on the evening of the event.

For more information, call (803) 641-9094.

Colonial history

Colonial Times: A Day to Remember will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta.

The free event will feature demonstrations and exhibits such as pottery-making, blacksmithing, musket-firing, candle-making and more.

For more information, call (803) 279-7560 or visit www.colonialtimes.us.

Donations needed

Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking donations of canned meats and vegetables and other nonperishable food items. Take donations to 13 Enterprise Ave., Aiken, or 3310 Commerce Drive, Augusta.

The Aiken branch can be reached at (803) 648-0752. The Augusta office can be reached at (706) 736-1199.


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